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Minsters unveil new plans to tackle housing crisis

Measures aimed at fixing Britain's "broken housing market" have been unveiled by ministers today.

The proposals include the introduction of new "Lifetime ISAs" to help first-time buyers save for a deposit, and a fund to help small house-building firms.

We've been assessing the current situation in Cambridgeshire where there's been a decline of more than 30% in the number of houses being built in the last 25 years.

Poor parking blocks fire crews on Cambridgeshire road

A fire engine struggles to get access to a road in Huntingdon. Credit: Cambridgeshire Fire Service.

Firefighters in Cambridgeshire have shared this photograph of a fire engine blocked from driving down a road in Huntingdon because of inconsiderate parking.

The crew was not on an emergency call - meaning no lives were put at risk this time - but it hopes the worrying image will make people think more carefully about how they leave their cars.

"Luckily, they were on access checks and not a 999 call - but if it had been an emergency call it would have added another five minutes to a time-critical incident. Please think about how you park when leaving your car on the streets of Huntingdon."

– Cambridgeshire Fire Service.

The photo was taking on American Lane in the town on Friday morning.

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Huntingdon lottery ticket worth £1 million still unclaimed

The winner is from Huntingdonshire. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A winning ticket worth £1 million still hasn't been claimed in Huntingdonshire, it's been revealed.

Someone from the district guessed the numbers correctly in the Euromillions draw on December 16, but still hasn't come forward.

What are the numbers?

  • 6
  • 10
  • 30
  • 41
  • 45
  • 4 (lucky stars)
  • 11 (lucky stars)

The winner has until June 14 to make themselves known, otherwise the money will go towards lottery-funded projects across the country.

Hinchingbrooke Hospital facing 'serious issues' with A&E demand

Bosses say acute admissions are much higher than would be expected for this time of year. Credit: PA

Hinchingbrooke Hospital has warned it is having "serious issues'" with demand for its accident and emergency department.

The hospital, in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, is asking people not to go A&E unless they have life-threatening symptoms.

Bosses say acute admissions have rocketed, and are much higher than would be expected for this time of year.

They say overcrowding has been made worse by staff sickness and a slower discharge time for patients.

Anyone with a non-life threatening condition are advised to visit their GP or pharmacy instead.

Driver accidentally crashes car into shop entrance

The driver is believed to have lost control of her car. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Emergency services were called to an office supply store in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, after a motorist accidentally drove her car through the main doors.

The elderly female driver is believed to have lost control of her car in the car park of Staples and driven between two large concrete pillars and into the door.

No-one was hurt, but the car and doors of the shop were seriously damaged.

The car and shop doors were seriously damaged. Credit: ITV News Anglia

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Five jailed for violent attack on group of men in Huntingdon

All five men were sentenced at Cambridge Crown Court Credit: Cambridgeshire police

Five men have been jailed for a violent attack on a group of men in Huntingdon.

It happened outside Cromwell’s public house in Huntingdon High Street in March, after a group of ten to 12 men, some armed with fence posts and metal poles got into a fight.

Ionatan Lupu, Remus Grecu, Cosmin Palade, Daniel Bordeianu, and Alexandru Petrescu, all of Stukeley Road in Huntingdon, were arrested in connection with the disorder.

Two of the victims were taken to hospital following their injuries.

All five men pleaded guilty to violent disorder and were sentenced to six and a half years in prison between them.

This was a vicious attack during a busy Friday night in Huntingdon town centre. We want the night time economy in Cambridgeshire to be enjoyable and safe for all – behaviour of this nature is just not acceptable.

– Detective Constable Tom Nuttall, Cambridgeshire police

Academy opens to train staff for £1.5bn A14 upgrade

Video report from ITV News Anglia's Matthew Hudson

A new academy has opened in Cambridgeshire to train staff to work on the £1.5 billion upgrade of the A14 between Cambridge and Huntingdon.

The Highways Academy allows students to learn in conditions very similar to those they'll encounter on the job.

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apprentices to be trained to work on A14

The long anticipated A14 improvement scheme will upgrade 21 miles of the notoriously busy trunk road, which links the Midlands to ports in the Anglia region.

It will involve a new bypass round Huntingdon, widening the existing road and improving junctions along the whole length.

It aims to help unlock growth in the region and cut journey times by around 20 minutes.

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